This White Cake recipe is the perfect cake for so many celebrations! This Best White Cake is simple to make and is a moist, tender cake everyone loves.

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I got so many emails and comments asking for “The Best White Cake Recipe” after I shared my The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever} So of course I got busy writing and testing this recipe.

I began creating this cake recipe by taking some ideas from the best of some of my favorite family cake recipes. The final cake recipe here is decidedly white and perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and even weddings. It’s definitely the Best White Cake I’ve ever tasted!

Best White Cake Recipe

My son declared this white cake recipe as “perfect” while Bart said, “Now, that’s cake.” From him, that’s really a compliment!

My brother-in-law called me to tell me that this was to be his birthday cake every single year until the year he dies. We had a good laugh at that, but I have to remember each June to make sure to bake this cake.

My white cake recipe results in a sturdy cake. It’s tender, yet moist and holds together well from cooling to frosting to slicing and serving. It just the best!

While many white cake recipes use only egg whites, I decided after lots of testing that I preferred the flavor that the whole egg lends to the cake. While the cake isn’t stark white, it is still white. It also helps to follow my exact recipe instructions for mixing the cake to ensure that the cake is white.

How to Bake The Best White Cake

To bake this cake, you’ll need these ingredients:

1 cup butter (or 2 sticks) softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs at room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the ovens
Begin by preheating the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.

Prepare cake pans
Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick baking spray or coat well with shortening or butter and flour the pans, taking care to remove all excess flour.

Cream butter and shortening
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, you will cream together butter and shortening until light and fluffy with an electric mixer or stand mixer.

Add sugar and eggs per instructions
Then slowly add sugar one cup at a time to the butter/shortening mixture, making sure to fully incorporate each cup before adding another. Next, add eggs one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding another.

Dry ingredients; Milks
Get a separate bowl for your dry ingredients and sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Then in a measuring cup, pour milks and vanilla into the measuring cup and whisk together with a fork.

Next, alternately add a small amount of the dry ingredient mixture to butter and shortening mixture, gently stirring after each addition. Then add a small amount of the milk mixture to butter/shortening mixture and gently stir until just combined. Continue alternating between adding small amounts of the dry mixture to the the butter/shortening mixture with adding small amounts of the milk mixture to the butter/shortening mixture,  just gently stirring until combined after the addition of each. Make sure to begin and end with the addition of the dry ingredients.

Final Stir and Scrape the Bowl
Gently stir all ingredients until well combined. Then, stop the mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl, making sure to that all ingredients are mixed well.

Distribute Cake Batter into Pans
Next, evenly distribute cake batter between the three 9 inch cake pans and place pans into oven.

Bake the Cake
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Please don’t open and close the oven door a lot while the cake is baking as the oven temperature drops each time the door is opened.

Remove from Oven and Cool
Remove the cakes from the oven when done and allow to cool slightly in cake pans for about 5 minutes. Then gently place the cake layers on a wire rack to finish cooling completely. This is important because cakes left in the cake pans the too long to cool may sweat, making it possible for the cakes to stick to the pans.

Frost the Cake
Frost your cake with your preferred frosting. I’ve used a double recipe of my Classic Vanilla Buttercream here in these photos.

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Frosting Options
I used my fluffy white Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, which I doubled, when I frosted the cake. It’s perfect on this cake, but you can really use any favorite frosting.

Other Delicious Frostings

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting,

Cream Cheese Frosting,

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

These are all delicious frostings for this cake!

The next time you need a white cake recipe, give this one a try. I think you’ll love it!

Here’s my White Cake Recipe. My family calls it the best ever.

The Best White Cake Recipe {ever}

This White Cake Recipe will quickly become your favorite for so many celebrations and events. This simple white cake recipe is easy to follow and yields a moist, tender white cake you'll love.
4.44 from 704 votes

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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 24
Course Dessert
Calories: 282kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick baking spray or coated well with shortening or butter and floured, taking care to remove all excess flour.
  • Cream together butter and shortening until light and fluffy with an electric mixer. Slowly add sugar one cup at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each cup before adding another. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding another.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour milks and vanilla into measuring cup and whisk together with a fork. Add to butter and shortening mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  • Gently stir all ingredients until well combined. Stop mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl, making sure to have all ingredients mixed well.
  • Evenly distribute cake batter between cake pans and place pans into oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool slightly in cake pans for about 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Frost cake as desired.

Notes

Some people have had problems with the cake not rising. Try creaming the butter shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Don't over beat when adding eggs and other ingredients, just mix gently until incorporated well into batter.
-This recipe makes approximately 24 cupcakes when cupcake tin is filled more than 3/4 full. When filled 1/2 full, this recipe makes approximately 36 cupcakes. Bake approximately 18 minutes.
- If you preferred the original white cake recipe, it used 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1 cup buttermilk with no whole milk.
- If you live in a high altitude environment, you'll need to make sure to follow recommended baking adjustments for your altitude.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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Comment from a Pastry Chef 

I shared this comment from The Pastry Life, comment #1062 to this area of the post as it might be helpful to you as you bake this cake.

“Hi there, I am a pastry chef and have lots of knowledge of cakes, and why they do the funny things that they do. Let me start of by saying this cake is delicious, moist and fluffy! This is thanks to the seemingly large amount of sugar and fats, so do not reduce the amounts or make substitutions! If you’re that concerned about the healthiness of this cake, you should probably just avoid it.

This cake does not rise much, but that does not negatively affect its fluffiness. I followed the directions exactly, except for one very important step which I believe is why my cake is so fluffy inside and did not sink. Cream your butter, shortening and sugar altogether until very white and fluffy (about 4 minutes). After that, follow the instructions to a T. If you over beat after adding the eggs, they will produce a tougher cake. Take extra care while rotating pans as to not deflate the cakes, and resist the urge to open your oven door to peek except when you need to rotate.

This cake does form a bit of a crust on top from the high egg and sugar content, which makes it more difficult to tell when it is done. Your best hint is your nose. If you can smell cake, then check it! If its not jiggly, take it out and scoop a little bit out of the middle to see if it’s done (you’re gonna cover it with frosting anyway). Don’t trust the toothpick-test!

Sorry for writing a novel, I just know how hard it is to make a great white cake and this recipe is probably the best I’ve had yet, so it made me sad to see how many people were disappointed by it due to their lack of pastry knowledge and proper method.”

Thanks for your detailed comment, The Pastry Life!

Here’s to good cake! Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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3169 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. I made the “older” recipe with a full cup of buttermilk, since I had it on hand. The cake came out perfectly! I frosted with your vanilla buttercream frosting, and my family loved it! This is definitely going to be my go to white cake.

  2. Hi, I’m baking this in a few 6 inch pans. Should I leave it in the oven for the same amount of time? My oven is really old, so don’t want to check it too often to see when it’s ready. Hoping you knew an approximation.

    1. I would bake about 20-25 minutes, Madison. When the sides start to pull away from the edge of the pan and the top springs back when lightly touched, your cake should be done.

  3. This recipe is terrific and very tasty. Its my favorite. The only problem I have is the cake sinks in the center every time I make it. I fill the center with more icing to level it off. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Pat, it sounds like you may live at a much higher altitude than the 1000 feet where I live. Cakes will rise too quickly then fall at higher elevations. Therefore, adjustments for baking at high altitudes will need to made to this recipe. The best site I have found for high altitude baking is the Colorado State University Extension. I hope this helps.

  4. This is my best white cake recipe. My family loves it to death. I put shredded coconut in batter and use cream cheese frosting and then I put shredded coconut in that as well. I even substituted the 1/2 cup milk with coconut milk yummy coconut version of the cake.

  5. Hi Robyn! I have this recipe bookmarked as a recipe I have used in the past. I’m looking for a recipe I used for a nice, dense vanilla cake. My sister loved this cake more than anything in the world. I can’t remember if it was this cake or not! Is this cake dense and moist? Or is it fluffier? Thanks!

    1. Lizzo, you can make this recipe in a 9×13 pan without changing the ingredients. Bake it at 325º for 25 to 30 minutes. Hope you enjoy the cake.

  6. Hi I’ve made this cake three times with your previous recipe, why the change in the ingredients?

  7. Should the butter be unsalted or salted? I usually use unsalted in baking but 1/4 tsp salt didn’t seem like much. Also, has anyone added almond extract?

    1. I use salted butter, Kelley, but you can use either. I haven’t tried almond extract in this cake recipe, Kelley. Maybe someone else has and can tell you how it turned out.

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